We love the Magicube range from Geomag. My 4 year old daughter N has enjoyed many products from the Magicube range over the past couple of years, and they are toys which are continuously pulled out and played with again and again by N, and her friends. We recently tried the Magicube Animal Shapes set, which is something a little different from our other Magicube sets but just as fun.
Smart-playing has always been at the heart of the Swiss-based brand, Geomag, who promote learning by playing activity through ingenious magnetic toys. It’s common sense that learning by playing is necessary for our children but making it fun can be challenging! Currently unable to play with friends and with screen time most likely to be dominating their daily lives, a variety of developmental skills and their ability to partake in exciting experiments is limited. But with parents spending more time at home too, the new Magicube Shapes magnetic construction toys are a powerful tool to develop those skills together.
Magicube is a revolutionary building block system made up of magnetic cubes that attach to each other on all six sides, made entirely from 100% recycled plastics. What started out as the original Magicube system has now become a whole new world of magnetic building blocks with the new Magicube Shapes line. This ingenious range features not only the traditional cube building block but three additional shapes; the quarter circle, half sphere, and half cube. Importantly the new shapes are all fully compatible with all other cubes within the Magicube platform.
N loved this set, and I found that with the challenge of putting together the animals by following the instructions, she sat and focused really well as these tasks really grabbed her attention. She was so proud of her results with each of the animals that she completed.
By incorporating new shapes, your child’s imagination and thinking skills will flourish as this range enables them to invent animals, characters, structures and even vehicles. The Magicube toy system can now literally grow up with children from ages 1 to 6 years old. By playing with the individual cubes the youngest of children begin to develop their first manual skills, and as they grow older Magicube Shapes are a powerful add-on to allow them to build more complex constructions. Furthermore, as they approach the early years at school, they can improve their maths & reading skills with the Magicube education sets.
There is an instruction book included with the designs for many cute animal designs, so make sure that you keep this along wit the blocks. One suggestion I can give is that it would be amazing if these designs could be included on individual cards within the pack, but it is still easy to manage with the booklet.
Look at this cute little snail that we put together..
And the fish – there is a good variety of animals included, and you could also think up your own ideas too. The blocks are so open ended and encourage creativity and exploration.
These are the three types of block shapes included below, with some patterns and shapes that your child can copy. This is great for brain development, to see patterns on the page and translate that into a physical copy with the blocks in their hands. It is not always as easy as you may think, especially for young children.
N also created some cute little animals of her own like this adorable magnetic monster that you can see here..
And my personal favourite has to be the tortoise.
As always made from 100% recycled plastic, these Magicubes Shapes are available as a 6-piece starter set, a 9-piece animal-themed set, a 13-piece set which also includes wheels and magnetic wheelbases so junior builders can now go as far as building vehicles with real moving wheels. Finally, the bumper world of Magicube Shapes 32-piece shapes set completes the collection.